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  1. Sunday 5th May 2013 Almost as quickly as the job had become available, I had decided to throw my name into the mix, and they had decided I was the man for the job, then I had to move for a ten hour flight. Minsk to New Dehli, with a change of flights in Ukraine. The FA had offered to send their plane for me, but I would have lost half a day waiting for it, so it was quicker to jump on a scheduled flight. I was met and whisked to a city centre hotel, where I met the people who would become my new employers. The South Asian nation of India is the 7th largest in the World by area, and the 2nd most populated on the globe with over a billion citizens, and growing rapidly still. Cricket and Tennis are by far the most popular sports in the country, football competing with hockey for a top three spot. But this nation has never produced a global household name in the Worlds most popular sport. Now the hierarchy want to push the nation forward, and frankly, that is pretty much the only place India can go in football. As of today, with 208 nations officially ranked by FIFA, this nation sits in 202nd place. Only San Marino, Aruba, Cayman Islands, Grenada, Laos and Somalia are ranked lower by the games Worldwide governing body. We hold just four ranking points right now, and to put that in perspective, current number one ranked nation Italy has 2,119 points. The FA of India has in fact been part of the problem. The nation that counts Pakistan and Bangladesh as it's most fierce rivals hasn't played a Senior game for over 18 months. When India were predictably, but bravely, beaten by Qatar in October 2011 in the First Round of the Asian Zone Qualifiers for the FIFA 2014 World Cup, the FA then neglected to arrange any Friendly matches. So the only matches the nation played in 2012 were the Qualifiers for the 2012 Summer Olympics, which are played on an Under-23 format. With no football, India lost ranking points that were no longer valid, and tumbled down the rankings. That in turn led to India falling below the threshold to be included in the Preliminary Round Qualifiers for the 2015 Asian Nations Cup, which are in progress right now. That's a terrible mistake to make by an FA that always has been, and still very much is, convinced that there are plenty of young talented footballers amongst their vast population. At this point, with the domestic season just finishing, there are 924 professional or semi-professional footballers who qualify for India, either solely, or along with another nation. One of my main tasks will be to nurture the nations young footballers. Frankly, that is a job that will be delegated. The age group sides (U-23, U-21, U-20 & U-19) have been neglected almost as badly as the Senior side. Back in 2012, they did take part in the Asian Under-19 Championships, losing to Australia and Kuwait and beating Syria in the tournament held in China. The nation has a developing domestic game, the Indian National Football League is dominated by two clubs however. Mohun Began and East Bengal are streets ahead of the other ten clubs, and between them they usually hoover up most of Indian footballs young talent. A thriving transfer market sees player regularly move clubs for a extra couple of pounds a week, and not always for the better welfare of their careers. It's not uncommon for players to join less competitive non-League sides who can pay them a little more due to better sponsorship. The League operates a rule that permits no more than three foreign players per club. For a developing league that is trying to strike a happy balance, it could probably do with being increased to five to allow the clubs to try and attract more marquee players, and for the domestic players to have further opportunities to learn from professionals from nations with greater football development. Several clubs have not bothered with foreign players at all, mostly due to the increased cost. For those that have indulged in foreign players, they mostly come from African nations, Ghana and Nigeria featuring primarily. There is of course a sprinkling of Brazilians, like an Irish Bar, you are never really far from a Brazilian footballer. A few have now spent the five years required to be classed as residents in India, and as such can be called up to play. This is something the Indian FA have not really been in favour of. Well, I can tell you right now, it will be happening. While we are 202nd in the World and not even ranked high enough to take part in the Qualifiers for the Continents major Championship, we will be taking any advantage we can to climb those rankings as quickly as possible. With that goal in mind, I will be selecting our opponents very carefully. Special attention will be paid to the Rankings and opportunities to move past fellow Asian nations. We will be looking to move up around fifty spots to get alongside the likes of Hong Kong, Vietnam and Bangladesh who were amongst the nations who featured in the Preliminary Qualifying Round. Other nations to find themselves on the outside looking in like ourselves were the likes of Malaysia and The Philippines. We won't be going and chasing games against big nations right now, we'll be looking to match ourselves against nations we think we can beat to try and move forward, and hopefully install a winning mentality. Something else that the FA haven't really taken a liking to is their players moving abroad. That will also, I hope, start to change. Indian players becoming exposed to football overseas and improving their game would be of huge benefit to us as a nation, and those players that take the leap will find themselves with increased chances to feature in the International squad if they can make the move and get regular football. Right now, the highest rated player in Indian football is plying his trade in France. 6'4 striker Shafiqul Islam Chowdhury is a second string player with League Un club AS Saint-Etienne, and is a dual national. He is nowhere near good enough to be coveted by France, and the 19 year old Kolkata born player has been capped seven times at Under-21 level, netting three goals. There is another forward playing further down the levels in France, a defender in Belgium, one of the nations most popular players is making his living in Vietnam, and a defensive midfielder in Italy. It's not like we have nothing at all to work with, otherwise I wouldn't have agreed to come here. After an overnight in New Dehli, and a press conference to announce my appointment, a meeting with the FA sees the roles for managers of the age group sides filled. Finally, before I board the Indian FA's plane to head back to Belarus for Lokomotiv Minsk's midweek game, we arrange a pair of home Friendly matches for next month, both of which I am confident we can take wins from to get the ball rolling. We will play both matches in Kolkata's 120,000 capacity Salt Lake Stadium, first hosting Sri Lanka (199th) on Saturday 8th June, before stepping it up to face Thailand (115th) on Wednesday 12th June. Asian nations, much like their African counterparts, are prone to changing their managers often, including almost routinely after major tournaments. With that in mind, my time in India may prove to be short, and from a purely selfish point of view, I am here to attempt to enhance my own footballing reputation. If India's football fortunes improve as a direct result, even better. ----------------------------------------------------- Welcome, This save is now almost two years old in real time, and just short of five years old in game time. After success in the original part, where the fortunes of Northern Irish minnow club Lurgan Celtic were drastically improved, I moved across the Irish Sea to try and perform a similar feat with Ayr United in Scotland's third tier. Sadly, that didn't quite go to plan, as we were denied promotion with defeats in the Promotion Playoff Semi-Finals in successive years, also denied success in the League Challenge Cup with a defeat to Raith Rovers in the Final. A third crack at promotion was dealt a blow when the Scottish season didn't click on to the new campaign after 2011/12, and I made the move to Eastern Europe, where I am now in charge of second tier club Lokomotiv Minsk, where we have three wins from four matches in the early stages of the 2013 season. If you have not read the progress of the save, you can catch up of course if you wish, the links are included below..... Part#1 Part#2 Part#3 Now I have accepted an offer to dip my toe into the International game after previously rejecting offers from Netherlands Antilles and Liechtenstein. This thread will be updated as and when we reach International Windows, including squad announcements, match reports and anything else that impacts on the International Football fortunes of India. Grateful thanks to FMS stalwart writer @CFuller who used this method to seperate a joint save previously on these boards, and gave his permission when I asked if he would mind me replicating it. Enjoy the story, and as always, feel free to ask any questions you may have. ------------------------------------------------------
  2. Updated for 19.3.0 Lower League Game Files for Hong Kong Editor Files Facepack & Logos Adboard XML Adboard Static Pictures Adboard Video Adboard Video Font File (if nameplates, shirt numbers disappear) Mirror Site on Google Drive (limited daily downloads, no preview) Mirror Editor Files Mirror Facepack & Logos Mirror Adboard XML Mirror Adboard Static Pictures Mirror Adboard Video Mirror Adboard Video Font File (if nameplates, shirt numbers disappear) The Hong Kong Database is a user-adjustable detail-rich lower league simulation. 10 separate editor files offer flexibility with the challenge level. Adboards plus club and competition logos are provided at each level of competition. The Hong Kong facepack contains 693 images of existing players and non-players, 443 images of club officers, coaches, players and officials, and 96 generic faces. Six tiers are provided for promotion within the HKFA pyramid. HK Tier 1 approximates English Tier 5, the National League. HK Tier 5 and 6 approximates English Tier 9 and 10, the County leagues. Cup competitions are tier appropriate with the FA Cup open to all clubs in the pyramid. Four international competitions allow Tier 1 clubs to grow beyond the stature of the domestic league. Hong Kong is slanted towards academics rather than athletics. The youth system will see a significant number of usable newgens coming from the included school leagues. In reality, some recent youth stars are of expat and/or mixed race origin, and there will be usable newgens coming from non-league and/or expat based local regions. Actual Hong Kong football is dominated by a small number of underwriter supported clubs. The provided databases flattens the revenue structure through a self-sustaining league position award system and opens transfer avenues to undervalued nations. The revamped youth system allows smaller teams the opportunity to grow talent and increase their stature, before being poached by larger clubs. Because Hong Kong football is weighted towards the elite few, my gameplay experience in FM16 and 17 saw an easy ride through the middle tiers. To increase the challenge, I balanced the league by adding new players and staff to all existing tiers of the pyramid. These additions are in separate files: one can play with only the league structure, only new officials and staff, or only new non-players and experienced players, or only new officials, non-players, experienced players and new players up to tier 4. Tier 5 introduces a new division made up entirely of expatriate clubs. Such leagues exist in HK at the amateur level. The new tier extends and enhances the actual situation. Tier 5 is optional, but adding it and the accompanying 860 youthful facepack images will extend enjoyment of this challenge without a proliferation of regen faces. Tier 6 represents the actual amateur leagues, of which I have included the most successful teams from The Legal, Union and Yau Yee Leagues. Hong Kong is the world's most expensive real estate market; land is at a premium. Where possible, 7-a-side fields are utilized as reserve stadiums and training grounds. This prevents existing pitches from turning into a soggy mess and delays the want of some clubs to build their own, which in reality, is an impossibility. Facts Hong Kong, SAR Population: 7,392,000 Language Official: Cantonese and English (Hong Kong Basic Law article 9) Spoken English Competance: 23/41/35% very good, average, not good* FIFA Conf: Asian Football Confederation FIFA Rank (Present, High, Low): 144, 90, 172 FIFA Rank perspective, between Soloman Islands (143) and Afghanistan (145) AFC Champions League Appearances: 1, 2016-17 Eastern A.A. FA Tiers/Clubs: 4/52 Avg Attendance Premier League: 1142 (week 23 2018, HKFA site) Capacity Stadiums: 2400-7800 (Premier League) Players T1 Total/Foreign %: 288/88, 31% (2018 Oct Transfer Markt) CA Observed Top Pro HK Club: 63-105 (Highest 14 Players) CA Observed Bot Pro HK Club: 46-098 (Highest 14 Players) Consistency Top Pro HK Club: 07-015 (Highest 14 Players) Consistency Bot Pro HK Club: 05-010 (Highest 14 Players) Compare England T5, Torquay: CA 65-90, Consistency 8-15 *2016 Thematic Household Survey, HK Census and Statistics Dept Tiers (Actual 2018-19/FM19/Custom Gamepack) 10/10/10 T1,Premier League 14/14/10 T2,HKFA 1st Division 14/14/18 T3,HKFA 2nd Dvision 14/14/18 T4,HKFA 3rd Division nn/00/36 T5,(new international conference) nn/26/48 T6,(four amateur divisions) nn/11/32 T7,(university and academy division) nn/00/40 T8,(college divisions) nn/00/10 T9,(non-league) Cups National (in editor file) HKFA HK Community Cup HK Senior Challenge Shield HK Junior Challenge Shield HK Amateur Cup Clubs All HKFA T1 clubs are professional. T2-6 clubs are semi-professional. Attendance and reputations are normalized. Existing sugar daddy and underwriter clubs continue to be. Sponsorships were normalized to a minimum level and compensated for with division performance awards. Recruitment and Youth Academy ratings are normalized down from a world class level down to a reputation appropriate level. Stand-alone academies, colleges and university produce youth talent. A new expat league is added to form T5. Current expat and locals continue to play in the amateur division of tier 6. T7 and T8 represent for-profit football academies, secondary schools and the university league. T9 contains non-league clubs. A pyramid system is introduced. Traditionally, semi-pro clubs refused promotion to the professional Premier League, historically, some placements have been arbitrary. Non-league clubs can now be promoted to the HKFA through a playoff system. Cities/Local Regions Modified 234 cities to include proper inhabitant range, latitude/longitude, altitude, weather, and attraction level as a function of proximity to the number of MTR subway lines and/or (express) bus routes. Modified 62 local regions. The actual 18 HK districts now have proper population and weather. Others are in-country expatriate regions and foreign expatriate regions that models the Hong Kong diaspora. Stadiums Only HKFC, South China, government support service associations, and academy/schools own pitches. HK pitches are groundshare with assignments managed by HK Leisure and Cultural Services Department (LCSD). Added T1-2 alternate stadiums to lower level clubs. Added and modified 212 stadiums and fields to include correct latitude/longitude, seating, capacity, city, seating color, pitch dimensions and type, build and modified date where available, and condition. LCSD database and Happy Valley facility map were used as reference: 7-a-side facilities were converted to reserve/training pitches and 11-a-side pitches were added/modified. HK Centre of Excellence training facility was also added, reflecting actual building plans. Certain university and secondary school facilities of proper dimensions were added. Some pitches were added to accommodate new clubs. Custom db current stadiums, capacities and locations are here, categorized by division. The drill-down shows capacity, lat and long, and Hong Kong Leisure and Cultural Services Department link if available., Nation (file: 200 HKG Policies) Adjusts Youth Rating from 47 to 60 (same as mainland China) Adjusts FA from Completely Useless to Very Important Adjusts Starting Personality Attributes to Above Average->Good Changes Nationality Status to Accumulative from Consecutive Years Moves English to primary language and adjusts Mandarin proficiency upwards Add preferred secondary and attack/defense formations Adds Macau as Non-Foreign Adds nations to preferred Transfer Continent and Nation Transfer fees set to the Dutch level to properly compensate for poaching Personal Taxation brackets corrected: 4,8,12k GBP vs 47,93,140k GBP in editor Actual 2018 median annual income is 19.4k GBP. Corporation Taxation Schema updated to actual CY2018 two tier schema Club (file 201 HKG Clubs) Installs League Structure and Cups Cups International (file:202 Asia Competitions) AFC Trophy (32 teams/top 8 nations) AFC Plate (32 teams/top 8 nations) AFC Gold Challenge Series (64 teams/top 16 nations) AFC Silver Challenge Series (64 teams/9-32 ranked nations) AFC Bronze Challenge Series (64 teams/17-47 ranked nations) Officials (file:203 Officials) Reclass 83, Add 138 Assign officials to (new) AFC competitions, HK Tiers 1-6, HK Cups Officers (file: 204 Officers) Add 134 Chairmen and Managing Directors to clubs without entries Add 13 agent/advocates to nation Hong Kong (bugged, these are not appearing in-game) Coaches (file: 205 Coaches and 106 Reclass) Add 478 and reclass 103 Managers and Coaches to existing clubs and to new clubs in T5 and T6. All T1-6 clubs will have at least a first team manager and assistant. Upper tier clubs also receive reserve team manager and specialty coaches, fitness and/or goalkeeping. Players (file: 207 Players) Add 209 older players to T1-3 Clubs, CA 50-70, Consistency 13-14 Players (file: 208 Players) Add 553 young players to T1-4 Clubs, CA 30-60, Consistency 9-12 Players (file: 209 Players) Add 1516 players to T5-6 Clubs, CA 10-24, Consistency 7-9 How to use the files The numbered editor files will load in order. The minimum needed to play are files 200 and 201. File 202 adds Asia Competitions and is optional. In order to use the facepacks, the prior numbered files must be used. So for instance, if one wants to only add T1-T4 young players (file 208), one must install all prior numbers (files 200 through 207). The included facepack is sequentially numbered for 19.3. Road Map FM20 Update Hong Kong Facepack, review T1 Senior Faces Review possibility of consolidating editor files Review possibility of adding diaspora leagues culminating in Chinese Intl Cup Assign mental, physical and technical attributes to added players Assign player/non-player status for added players to create future staff with faces Create transfer file for future seasons to compensate for foreign league poaching Update non-league clubs if time remains How to Install Download files from the main site or mirror site. Once are in the main file area, the zip directory/sub-directory will create/use the proper directories and then place files in their place, if installed on Windows OS. -- >documents/sports interactive/football manager 19 is for ads, adboard pictures, editor files, and facepack & logos -- >(program files)-->football manager 19-->data is for adboards video Install Editor Files Install ads.xml Install Ad Static Boards Install Ad Video Boards Install Ad Video Fonts (if necessary) Install Facepack (HKG) Sample of Static and Video Ads Install Cautions ads.xml will overwrite your current one. Please back this up if you intend to play other challenge/scenarios. The HKG Adpack will overwrite any other adpack defaults you are using. Please backup graphics->pictures->ads->default before installing. Other directories should peacefully coexist with your current files. If in 3d match play/highlights player nameplate and/or jersey numbers disappear, install adboards video fonts into the same directory as the video ads. Link to FM18 version
  3. Lower League Game Files for Hong Kong Editor Files Facepack & Logos Adboard XML Adboard Static Pictures Adboard Video Adboard Video Font File (if nameplates, shirt numbers disappear) Mirror Site on Google Drive (limited daily downloads, no preview) Mirror Editor Files Mirror Facepack & Logos Mirror Adboard XML Mirror Adboard Static Pictures Mirror Adboard Video Mirror Adboard Video Font File (if nameplates, shirt numbers disappear) The Hong Kong Database is a user-adjustable detail-rich lower league simulation. 10 separate editor files offer flexibility with the challenge level. Adboards plus club and competition logos are provided at each level of competition. The Hong Kong facepack contains 699 images of existing players and non-players. An additional 2372 images of club officers, coaches, players and officials are included. Six tiers are provided for promotion within the HKFA pyramid. HK Tier 1 approximates English Tier 5, the National. HK Tier 5 and 6 approximates English Tier 9 and 10, the county leagues. Cup competitions are tier appropriate with the FA Cup open to all clubs in the pyramid. Four international competitions are introduced to allow Tier 1 clubs to grow beyond the stature of the league. Hong Kong is slanted towards academics rather than athletics, so the youth system will see a significant number of useable regens coming from included school leagues. In reality, some of the recent youth stars are of expat and/or mixed race origin, and there will be useable regens coming from non-league and/or expat based city regions. Actual Hong Kong football is dominated by a small number of underwriter supported clubs. The provided databases flatten the revenue structure through a league position award and taxation system, and open new transfer avenues to undervalued nations. The revamped youth system allows smaller teams the opportunity to grow talent and increase their stature, before being poached by larger clubs. Because Hong Kong football is weighted towards the elite few, my gameplay experience in FM16 and 17 saw an easy ride through the middle tiers. To increase the challenge, I balanced the league by adding new players and staff to all existing tiers of the pyramid. These additions are in separate files, so one can play with only the league structure, only new officials and staff, or only new non-players and experienced players, or only new officials, non-players, experienced players and new players up to tier 4. Tier 5 introduces a new division made up entirely of expatriate clubs. Such leagues exist in HK at the amateur level. The new tier extends and enhances the actual situation. Tier 5 is optional, but adding it and the accompanying 860 youthful facepack images will extend enjoyment of this challenge without a proliferation of regen faces. Tier 6 represents the amateur leagues, of which I have only included parts of The Legal, Union and Yau Yee Leagues. In FM17, my amateur league included all their divisions, but it made the groundshare stadiums into a soggy mess. So, for this version, I include only the top amateur divisions. One will have to extend disbelief into new stadiums. As the world's most expensive real estate market, land is at a premium. Where possible, 7-a-side fields are utilized as reserve stadiums and training grounds. This prevents the soggy mess situation previously referenced and delays the want of some clubs to build their own, which in reality is an impossibility. Until FM18, Hong Kong regens had mainland chinese names and surnames. Romanization rules are different for the two territories. While this problem has been fixed, one can still see the wacky english names chosen by Hong Kongers. A separate name database is included, if one wants to flood the pitch with the fanciful, so to speak. Type 'hong kong english names' into a search engine for some laughs. Playtesting (twenty years) In world rankings, HK Premier League is below English National League, Irish Premier, German Regional, French Nations 2, Turkish League 2 and above Croatian League 3, Malaysia Super League, Polish Second Division. Hong Kong T5 is on par with Icelandic Third Division, Dutch Zaterdag and Zondag, Swiss Second League Interregional, English County Leagues. In terms of FIFA world ranking, after twenty years Hong Kong is ranked 62nd between Kosovo and Lithuania. Within Asia rankings, HK sits between South Korea and Uzbekistan. Within Asia conferences, HK Premier League sits between Kuwaiti Premier and Thai League. After twenty years, the starting five financiers disappeared. All clubs were at a minimum of finance ok. Some of the lower tier teams were running in the red. Top tier turnover ranged from 1.2m to 4.9m. Average attendance increased from a range between 1330-2380 to 2100-7500 while T2 attendance trended down from a range of 630-1880 to 280-1850. Offside.hk reports Premier League budgets from 600k to 4 million GBP. After twenty years of gameplay, the annual wage of Tier 1 clubs is 514k to 1.3m GBP. The annual wage budget of T2, T3 and T4 excluding top and bottom clubs are between 105k to 550k, 52-350k, 35-303k. Facts Hong Kong, SAR Population: 7,392,000 Language Official: Cantonese and English (Hong Kong Basic Law article 9) Spoken English Competance: 23/41/35% very good, average, not good* FIFA Conf: Asian Football Confederation FIFA Rank (Present, High, Low): 144, 90, 172 FIFA Rank perspective, between Soloman Islands (143) and Afghanistan (145) AFC Champions League Appearances: 1, 2016-17 Eastern A.A. FA Tiers/Clubs: 4/46 Avg Attendance Premier League: 1142 (week 23, HKFA site) Capacity Stadiums: 2400-7800 (Premier League) Players T1 Total/Foreign %: 288/88, 31% (2018 Oct Transfer Markt) CA Observed Top Pro HK Club: 63-105 (Highest 14 Players) CA Observed Bot Pro HK Club: 46-098 (Highest 14 Players) Consistency Top Pro HK Club: 07-015 (Highest 14 Players) Consistency Bot Pro HK Club: 05-010 (Highest 14 Players) Compare England T5, Torquay: CA 65-90, Consistency 8-15 *2016 Thematic Household Survey, HK Census and Statistics Dept Tiers (Actual 2017-18/FM18/Gamepack) 11/10/10 T1,Premier League 16/16/10 T2,HKFA 1st Division 14/14/18 T3,HKFA 2nd Dvision 12/12/18 T4,HKFA 3rd Division nn/00/36 T5,(new international conference) nn/23/48 T6,(four amateur divisions) 09/00/32 T7,(university and academy division) nn/00/40 T8,(college divisions) nn/00/10 T9,(non-league) Cups National (in editor file) HKFA HK Community Cup HK Senior Challenge Shield HK Junior Challenge Shield HK Amateur Cup Clubs All HKFA T1 clubs are professional and T2-4 clubs are now semi-professional. Attendance and reputations are normalized. Existing sugar daddy and underwriter clubs continue to be. Sponsorships were normalized to a minimum level and compensated for with division performance awards. Recruitment and Youth Academy ratings are normalized down from a world class level down to a reputation appropriate level; compensation is through a higher youth rating which allows lower league teams to purchase higher levels for thousands rather than millions. A new expat league is added to form T5. Current expat and locals continue to play in the amateur division of tier 6. One T6 division is semi-pro and can be used to climb the ladder for the ultimate lower league challenge. A pyramid system is introduced. Traditionally, semi-pro clubs refused promotion to the professional Premier League, historically, some placements have been arbitrary. T6 Non-league (amateur) clubs can now be promoted to the HKFA through a playoff system. T7 and T8 represent for-profit football academies, secondary schools and the university league. T9 contains non-league clubs. Finances The database weights league vs cup competition to provide 75/25% of turnover. This is a predictable income scheme for lower level clubs. A taxation scheme is introduced to keep the rich from getting too wealthy. So, there is a path to break into the middle ranks. However, it is hard to consistently compete against Premier League underwritten sides. Cities/Local Regions Modified to a total of 199 cities to include proper inhabitant range, latitude/longitude, altitude, weather, and attraction level as a function of proximity to the number of MTR subway lines and/or (express) bus routes. Modified 59 local regions. 18 HK regions now have proper population and weather. Others are in-country expatriate regions and foreign expatriate regions that models the Hong Kong diaspora. Stadiums Only HKFC, South China, Govt support service associations, and academy/schools own pitches. HK pitches are groundshare with assignments managed by HK Leisure and Cultural Services Department (LCSD). Added T1-2 alternate stadiums to lower level clubs. Added and modified 212 stadiums and fields to include correct latitude/longitude, seating, capacity, city, seating color, pitch dimensions and type, build and modified date where available, and condition. LCSD database and Happy Valley facility map were used as reference: 7-a-side facilities converted to reserve/training pitches and 11-a-side pitches were added/modified. HK Centre of Excellence training facility was also added. Certain university and secondary school facilities of proper dimensions were added. Some pitches were added to accommodate new clubs. One can view the current stadiums, capacities and locations here. Nation (file: 100 HKG Policies) Adjusts Youth Rating from 47 to 80 Adjusts FA from Completely Useless to Very Important Adjusts Starting Personality Attributes to Above Average->Good Changes Nationality Status to Accumulative from Consecutive Years Moves English to primary language and adjusts Chinese upwards Add preferred secondary and attack/defense formations Adds Macau as Non-Foreign Adds nations to preferred Transfer Continent and Nation Adds Progressive Tax Regimen to temper HKFA league awards Tx fees set to the Dutch level to properly compensate for poaching Club (file 101 HKG Clubs) Installs League Structure and Cups Cups International (file:102 Asia Competitions) AFC Trophy (32 teams/top 8 nations) AFC Plate (32 teams/top 8 nations) AFC Gold Challenge Series (64 teams/top 16 nations) AFC Silver Challenge Series (64 teams/9-32 ranked nations) AFC Bronze Challenge Series (64 teams/17-47 ranked nations) Officials (file:103 Officials) Reclass 83, Add 138 Assign officials to (new) AFC competitions, HK Tiers 1-6, HK Cups Officers (file: 104 Officers) Add 134 Chairmen and Managing Directors to clubs without entries Add 13 agent/advocates to nation Hong Kong Coaches (file: 105 Coaches and 106 Reclass) Add 445 and Reclass 120 Managers and Coaches to clubs without and new clubs in T5 and T6. All clubs will have at least a first team manager and assistant. Upper tier clubs also receive reserve team manager and specialty coaches, fitness and/or goalkeeping. Players (file: 107 Players) Add 209 older players to T1-3 Clubs, CA 50-70, Consistency 13-14 Players (file: 108 Players) Add 553 young players to T1-4 Clubs, CA 30-60, Consistency 9-12 Players (file: 109 Players) Add 860 youth players to T5-6 Clubs, CA 20-24, Consistency 9 Names (file: 110 Names) Add 4800 combinations of the 20 most common HK surnames and 240 first names Extra (file: 111 Extra) Add 25 senior players to T6 Metro League for mentoring, CA 40, Con 12 How to use the files The numbered editor files will load in order. The minimum needed to play are files 100 and 101. File 102 adds asia competitions and is optional. File 110 introduces cantonese and anglified names and is optional. In order to use the facepacks, the prior numbered files must be used. So for instance, if one wants to only add T1-T4 young players (file 108), one must install all prior numbers (files 100 through 107). If one wants to add mentoring players contained in file 111, files 100-109 must be installed, 110 is optional. This is because new players are sequentially numbered. Road Map FM18 Update Adboards Video for AFC competitions, only have a placeholder now. Make User Defined Bug Fixes Road Map FM19 (after 19.3 is released, will get to as many points as possible) Update Hong Kong Facepack, remove outdated entries, review T1 Senior Faces Update Hong Kong Clubs and Logos, there seem to be a few new ones Update Alternate Stadiums to include later stages of certain cups Revise downwards starting PA and consistency values for added players Review possibility of consolidating editor files Assign mental, physical and technical attributes to added players Assign player/non-player status for added players to create future coaches Create transfer file for future seasons to account for foreign league poaching Update non-league clubs if time remains How to Install Download files from the main site or mirror site. Once are in the main file area, the zip directory/sub-directory will create/use the proper directories and then place files in their place, if installed on Windows OS. -- >documents/sports interactive/football manager 18 is for ads, adboard pictures, editor files, and facepack & logos -- >(program files)-->football manager 18-->data is for adboards video Install Editor Files Install ads.xml Install Ad Static Boards Install Ad Video Boards Install Ad Video Fonts (if necessary) Install Facepack (HKG) If you are just testing out the database, do not load the 110 Names editor file. It processes for about 20-30 mins. Sample of Static and Video Ads Install Cautions ads.xml will overwrite your current one. Please back this up if you intend to play other schallenge/scenarios. The HKG Adpack will overwrite any other adpack defaults you are using. Please backup graphics->pictures->ads->default before installing. Other directories should peacefully coexist with your current files. If in 3d match play/highlights player nameplate and/or jersey numbers disappear, install adboards video fonts into the same directory as the video ads.
  4. This week in my saved game a notification came that the India U23s manager has resigned for unwanted performance in the Asian qualification cup. A week passed but no one was a favourite for the job and my manager is pretty popular in Indian National League managing Bharat FC. So my question is that shall I apply for the job or not because my team Bharat FC has once won the Asian Champions League and maybe we could soon get an entry in the UEFA Champions league. Thanks in advance !
  5. Summary: the team I'm using is significantly more fatigued compared to other teams despite the same number of rest days Description of Issue: using Malaysia in SEA Championship, reached knockout stages but other teams appear unaffected by fatigue
  6. [FM18] Macau (Division 4) By Timo Follow me https://twitter.com/FmTimo The sport of football in the country of Macau is run by the Associação de Futebol de Macau. The association administers the national football team as well as the national league. The national team has never qualified for the AFC Asian Cup or EAFF East Asian Championship. The team qualified for the 2006 AFC Challenge Cup, where they got one draw and two losses. As the Sports and Olympic Committee of Macau, China is not recognized as a National Olympic Committee by the International Olympic Committee, the Macau national under-23 football team is unable to take part in the Olympic football tournament. In November 2016, Macau finished second in the 2016 AFC Solidarity Cup. Due to the withdraw of Guam and suspension of Kuwait, Macau qualified for the 2019 AFC Asian Cup qualifying third round. DIVISIONS 1.ª Divisão (Division 1) 2.ª Divisão (Division 2) 3.ª Divisão (Division 3) Junior Divisão (Division 4) Divisão Inferior (Division 5) no playable CUPS Taça Presidente (National Cup) Taça AFM (League Cup D1&D2) DOWNLOAD https://fmslife.fr/t/update-macao-d4/2846
  7. So I decided to go on a journeyman save across the old Soviet Union nations. I will also be incorporating Asia in this challenge as Asia is always a good save. Standard journeyman rules, start unemployed with no badges. Aims for this save are: Manage for at least 1 season in each of the nations I have loaded Manage for at least 1 season in each of the nations I have as view only at the start (make playable as I go) Win the top division in each of the old Soviet Union nations I have in the game which are: Kazakhstan Azerbaijan Bulgaria Russia Tajikistan Ukraine Uzbekistan Manage Lokomotiv Sofia for at least once Win at least 1 trophy with Lokomotiv Sofia Win the Champions league & Europa league with an old Soviet Union nation Win the Asian Champions league with more than 1 club Longer term aim is to win the Euro's and world cup with an old Soviet nation So meet Vladimir Todorov, a Bulgarian manager that supports Lokomotiv Sofia:- Nations that are playable and set to view only are:- Once I've won the top division in a nation I will either move on by resigning or wait until approached by another club. So starting at the earleist point in the game takes me to February 2016 and after declaring interest and applying for jobs I have landed a job in Kazakhstan's secodn divsion at:- FC Makhtaaral Media expectation of 8th, club objectives as shown:- The key players already at the club are these 2:- Maybe cheating a bit but I this signing as I remember him from an old save I had going in Malaysia:- The other 2 sigings I made are:- I have just started this save and hope to post updates every couple of days or so. Any suggestions would be very welcome. Thanks for reading!
  8. Hello. The purpose of this thread is to provide information to the FM Community about Chinese football in FM, with emphasis on the CSL. As someone who follows the league in real life, and has done for many years, as well as playing in the league in game, understands the culture from both a Chinese and Western perspective and someone with a healthy dislike of British tabloids, I feel qualified to give good information on this topic. Any questions, both about real life CSL myths and China in FM can be asked, and I will try to continue monitoring this thread. It is also worth noting that the CSL runs on a calendar schedule, and there will be rule changes when the February update comes out. This guide will be written based on the implementation of the rules in game now, as well as mentioning the changes next season. The Chinese Super League: in FM18 the CSL is recognised as one of the best leagues in Asia by reputation. It is played on a calendar season, as with the rest of east Asia, and has 30 league matches in a season, as well as having the Chinese Football Association Cup, in which all matches are two legged(including the Final). Every year the bottom 2 teams in the 16 team league are relegated and the top two are promoted from the China League 1 Squad and Transfer Rules: The CSL has strict squad rules compared to Europe, but slightly weaker than those of South Korea. In the 2017 season the squad is limited to 5 foreign players, with only three in the match day squad. unlike much of Asia, there is no AFC player allowance(3+1 rule) for ether the squad or the match squad, although in real life 1 of the 5 must be AFC. In the 2018 season there will only be 4 foreign player slots in the squad. Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan players are not local in 2017 unless their contracts were signed before 1/1/2016, but for the 2018 season are local(but I'm not sure how to real life limit of 1 non naturalised player will be put in to FM). Foreign Goalkeepers are also not allowed but any prudent player will realise that a goal keeper would not be a good use of a slot anyway, due to the shortage of local players On each match day clubs are also required to have 1 u23 Chinese player in the playing 11 at all times(although in real life this was worded as starting 11, leading to the u23 players being subbed off) and 2 in the match day squad overall. In the 2018 season clubs will be required to have as many u23 Chinese players in the match squad as foreign players, although as the CSL website is unavailable in the UK(where I live) and the SINA post is unclear, this rule is unclear. In China in FM, the Bosman rule is not used. This means that there is nothing stopping a player from being held by the club for ever. As this doesn't happen in real life though, I advise anyone playing in China to be sporting and renew contracts. There is 100% tax on foreign signings, designed to emulate a much more complex rule on transfers. This will probably be the same in game for the January update. Finally, there is a limit on Chinese signings. there can be at most 7 o17 Chinese players signed per season per club, and 5 o21 Chinese players per season per club. There is no limit on u17 players. UPDATE: for the 2018 season, clubs may only register 4 foreign players The Clubs: China, contrary to popular belief, has some very big clubs with proud histories, most noticeably Liaoning(relegated in 2017 season), Shanghai Shenhua(a mid table club with a history of alleged miss management and big foreign players)(Shen is short for shanghai, Hua means flower) Beijing Guo'an(Guo means nation, An means safety or security) , Shandong Luening(a company name), Tianjin TEDA(Technological Economic Development Area I think) and Dalian Shide(folded in 2009 I think). However, the big clubs today are Guangzhou Evergrande, now 7 in a row winners of the league(in the game as Hengda, the former Chinese name of Evergrande group, roughly meaning very big), shanghai SIPG(Shanghai international port group, in the game as Shanggang, meaning Hong Kong. How it became the translation I do not know. Formally known as Dongya, meaning east Asia) Hebei CF and Tianjin Quanjin(a Chinese medicine company). Along with these noticeable clubs there are a number of strong mid table clubs, all well funded(especially if one was to give the league its real TV deal). Most clubs also have strong facilities and stadiums between 25000 and 50000. This season in real life Liaoning and Yanbian have been relegated, while Beijing Renhe and Dalian Yifan have been promoted. The Players: It goes without saying that there are some very good foreign players in the CSL. Among them Brazilians Hulk(SIPG), Oscar(SIPG),Elekson(SIPG) and Alan(GZE), 2017 top scorer Eran Zahavi(GZRF) and Tianjin Quanjian stars Axel Witsel and Anthony Modeste. There are also some decent Chinese players, but china lacks in depth and as a result, good Chinese players sell for a lot in real life(not fully reflected in game) and are payed a lot(reflected in game). The best are Zhang Yuning(ST;West Brom on loan at Bremen), Wu Lei(AM;SIPG), Zheng Zhi(CM;GZE), Zhang Chengdong(AML;HBCF), Zhang Linpéng(DR;GZE) and Gao Lin(ST;GZE). The best goalkeepers are Zeng Cheng(GZE), Yan Junling(SIPG), Wang Dalei(SDL) and Yang Zhi(BJGA). As a rule in the CSL Good foreign players are Low to Mid EPL Level, whereas good local players are Low to Mid Championship Level. The Managers: In the 2017 season, the CSL had many top foreign managers. Most noticeably Big Phip Scolari, a Brazilian world cup winner, Andreas Villas Boas, Manuel Pellegrini, Fabio Cappello, Felix Magath, and Roger Schmit. in the 2018 season the manager list is significantly weaker as clubs have opted to go for local managers or younger foreign managers. of the previous list only Pellegrini, Cappello and Schmit are still in the league. Setting up a save: For people starting new saves, I would advise, as a minimum, they load Brazil, S.Korea, Saudi Arabia and Japan. This is to ensure proper functioning of th AFC Champions League. If playing with a database that adds Hong Kong, Taiwan and Macau Players, or the January update, it may be wise to load Hong Kong. I would also advise that people get databases that add Japan and Saudi Arabia, as well as the Chinese National Second Division. Also, a file increasing the TV money in china(roughly 15000000 GBP per club per season) to approximate real amounts may be worth making. I have not attached mine as I modified someone else's file, and cant be bothered to ask permition to share it. Finally, one may want to add a database file that changes Asian competitions. I will attach mine, which increase the reps of japan, Saudi Arabia, China and Thailand while decreasing the reputation of South Korea. Tips: I will update this(I think) when the updates released. Feel free to ask questions. I might answer. Asia Competition Reps.fmf
  9. Need of a lot of fixes for national teams competitions, 1) WORLD CUP FINAL TABLE ERROR World Cup final table (since round of 16) this is a programmation error. In the image, this is the correct table, with the red line, the wrong inversed schedule on the game to fix. This error make the game unrealistic infortunately. 2) HOST COUNTRY FOR SOME NATIONAL TEAM COMPS We want to look host country for Oceanian Cup, Copa America, Asian Nations Cup, North American GoldCup, and for the Nations League final 4 (semi finals and finals schedule) in the competition menu, like it's already done for World Cup for example (3th screenshot) 3) INTERNATIONAL COMPETITIONS HOST COUNTRIES ON THE GROUP A ! EURO Championship, Africa Nations Cup, Copa America, North American GoldCup: host country must be ON THE GROUP A ! For a more realistic gameplay. I don't have screenshot, but Cameroon hosts African Nations Cup 2019 and the draw can put them in a random group (can be the C, the B or other). But ecause they are host country they always must be on the group A for the 2019 edition (and Guinea always on the A for the 2023 edition) and not another group like is now posible actualy on the game. The EURO Championship have the same problem with host countries. Only World Cup have the correct and realistic group A schedule for that (I talked about this on the 1st point but the problem of World Cup is the final table schedule who is not realistic). The North American GoldCup, Copa America, Asian Nations Cup have the same problem too but in worst because they dont have host country. 4) PROBLEM WITH AFRICAN NATIONS CUP 2019 MODULO 4 (---> 2023, 2027, 2031 ETC...) WINNER CAN'T PLAY CONFEDERATIONS CUP 2 YEARS LATER Please fix too, African team for Confederations Cup must be the African Cup winner and not a substitute team. I suggest African Nations Cup must start on the middle of July and end on the middle of August for not interact with Confederations Cup. Because like you can watch on this 2 screenshoots, Algeria won African Cup of Nations 2019 but Cape-Verde is qualificated for substitute Algeria because Algeria plays African Cup of Nations 2021 and cannot play Confederations Cup in the same time. 5) Please fix Confederations Cup 2021, must be in the same country of the World Cup 2022 I dont have screenshot but in my database, Confederations Cup 2021 was in Qatar and World Cup 2022 in Australia. I would be more realistic if Australia hosts Confederations Cup 2021 and World Cup 2022. 6) RUSSIA AND UKRAINE UEFA POLICY Ukraine and Russia cant be on the same group because of political problems (UEFA Policy) 7) EURO 2024: WILL BE HOSTED BY GERMANY OR TURKEY CANDIDATE COUNTRY (OFFICIALY CONFIRMED BY UEFA) The EURO 2024 will take place in Germany or Turkey candidate country (officialy confirmed by UEFA who will choose host country in September 2018) but on the game we have Spain host country possible. It's not realistic and it must be fix. Thanks for reading ! If you have any other suggestions you can post it in commentaries.
  10. Another year...another FM...and another FM save for me to embark on! Having lived in Asia a few years ago for a number of years, it’ll always be a special place for me, so for this years FM, it’ll see me going back to Asia where I’ve had a couple of successful saves in the past, most notably in my “Way of the Dragon” thread a few years ago. However, this year will see me playing along side youth only rules which only allows me to sign players that graduate from the clubs youth system. Game : Football Manager 2017 (PC) Database size : Large Leagues loaded : Australia (Hyundai A-League only) China (First Division and above) Hong Kong (China PR) (Premier League only) India (National Football League only) Indonesia (Premier Division and above) Malaysia (Premier League and above) Singapore (S-League only) South Korea (K-League Challenge and above) I’ve loaded up all of the available “out of the box” Asian leagues and holidayed for a year which has taken me to pre-season 2017/18. Previous experience : Sunday morning footballer I’ve chosen to start in Hong Kong (where I lived previously) and have taken over the newly promoted Wing Yee.
  11. Ok yes i admit the journeyman save is rather over done, however given the facts that A i'm board and B i've never done one before i though, "why not give it a go". So what sets mine apart from the norm? Well admittedly not a whole lot but the fact that i have all levels of competition from 35 different nations in 5 different continents, so it's gone global and i am not restricted to just Europe. yeah you are right that is alot of leagues.... and who is this man that will bring himself inter continental glory? here he is, a not too long out of school 20 year old *cough* should of been 18 *cough* with no badges or prior experience of the pro life ready to set sail on this lifelong journey. As you see i haven't invested in any coaching attributes and flung it all over to mental and pouring the few points i had in adaptability, you don't expect me to learn Hebrew or Arabic on 1 do you? Apart from that not a whole lot unusual about me/him. yes i am a Millwall supporter and yes i've herd all them jokes before. There where less jobs than expected available to me few in Asia, few in Europe and that was really about it, oh almost forgot 1 Brazilian and Columbian job but they told me in the interview my job was easy and involved putting packages in dark places so i thought best not. however there where a number of jobs that stood out to me including South Korean teams Daegu and Incheon both of whom turned my down after interviews than there was a lot of Irish side offering me interviews but i didn't go because i feel i wanted to start away from Europe. then i realized most Asian nations if not all where already a quarter to half way through there seasons at our start which was the English one. several Chinese sides rejected me before this happened... second tier Indonesian side Persatu Tuban, sounds more like head wear than a team but hey ho off to there i go. so off to Indonesia on £110 a week a comfy salary for this part of the world. here's the league table string of recent results we inherited that lead us to be top of our group and knocked out of the national cup. also on the note of us coming here think i should talk about how this league works plus any weird rules, ok here goes. So the 2nd tier is separated into 4 groups the top 2 of each go to a second pair of groups which the top 2 of each get promoted and finally 1st in each fight for overall first and 2nd in each fight for 3rd place. as for rules nothing other than Indonesian only players. doesnt look like a whole lot of building we got to do if this is the results we got, however the squad could potentially be a financial problem. what i meant by the above was the amount of players we have that will probably not get game time because i'm not a huge squad rotator and i like smaller squads. and here's the maiden tactic a counter 4-4-2. ok bad news unfortunately there are gonna be no games this update and its time to round this one off but i will come back after every in game month to evaluate it so next update will be up until the last game of august. and last but not least here's the games i will be doing for next update. but anyways guys thank you so much for reading this and stay tuned for more......
  12. Hi guys, I just bought & started playing FM 17 about 3 months ago. Currently playing in India in the mid-year of 2018 and I'm 2 seasons in. I've noticed that the league and cup reputations don't seem to change like in FM 15 (Did not play FM 16) EXCEPT for the European leagues & cups (I've leagues from EU, South America & Asia added). I remember in FM 15 this would update somewhere on the mid/last week of January every year (You get an update in your inbox on Champions league spot changes & league reputations) but it's not happening in time around. The AFC champions league and cup slots seem to be static as well. Did I miss something or has FM 17 slipped back? Any input would be great, Thanks!
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